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Swedishman wins Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole

02:16 AM 04 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Swedishman, harness racing Bel Avis, harness racing
Swedishman and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin
Photo by J-Ch. Briens
Bel Avis with J-M Bazire driving
Paris Turf Photo

Thierry Duvaldestin drove Swedishman to an impressive front-stepping victory in today's £45,000 Gr. III International Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole in France held over 3100 meters (distance handicap).

The winner, an eight-year-old gelded son of Gogo, traveled 3125 meters in 1.14.8kr to record his 22nd career win, now for earnings of £580,980. The Duvaldestin trained veteran defeated a solid group with Ricmis de Val and Talicia Bella ending second and third.

The beaten field also included Roi du Lupin, Tiego d'Etang, Severino, Quoumba de Guez and Uprince. This event comprised the day's Quinte+ with a jackpot of £6.65 million. The exact order top-five ticket holders cashed £3,080 for a £2 wager.

On the same Hippodrome Angers card, J-M Bazire scored with his Bel Avis, a three year-old gelded son of Ganymede from the Workaholic mare Gloria Marie.

The 1.4/1 favorite recorded his maiden victory in the Prix Tenor de Baune, a £22,000 event over 2425 meters. A 38/1 outside, Buvetier (three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood from the Love You mare Rapide Aventure), was a fast closing second for Alexis Dugard, driving for trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois.

Rapide Aventure was a Fabulous race-mare with earnings of US$362,000 and she's from the even more talented Bahama, a winner of over US$2.24 million with graded wins at ages three through five. This productive family has also delivered the Canadian owned, stakes winning Intense America, plus Belle Nana, Reve d'Amerik, La Star Dream and Reve Avec Moi.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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